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Terrorists had $500,000 fund to bankroll Sept. 11 attack

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were financed with a $500,000 bankroll, a law enforcement source said Saturday as the FBI sent more agents to Germany in the search for masterminds of the plot.

FBI agents tracked the hijackers' bank accounts, their communications and their travel tickets as they followed a trail that could lead to a small group of chief plotters in Europe and the Middle East.

The FBI said it's pursuing more than 100,000 leads as agents narrowed their overseas search. Simultaneously in the U.S., more than 100 investigations were under way into alleged hate crimes against Arab-Americans.

The law enforcement source said the half-million dollars is all linked in some way to the plot. The Washington Post reported Saturday the FBI documented numerous large cash withdrawals and a long trail of hotels, rental cars and airplane trips.